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GRAND HAVEN SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST: Keifer’s Castle by Paul Keifer, which won 1st in the Castle Category last year

by Missy Black |

Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg. There are six different categories to compete in, and when it’s all done, you can walk the shoreline and gaze at sand art.

FROZEN EXCELLENCE Kalamazoo Public Library’s Eastwood Branch, 1112 Gayle Ave., Kalamazoo June 7, 7 p.m.

FREE!, (269) 553-7810 Shrek The Musical

KIDS’ NIGHT AT SHREK THE MUSICAL DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids June 22, 6–7:30 p.m. is preshow fun with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Adults: $34.50 and up, children: free (up to age 18), (616) 235-6285




ummertime and the livin’ is easy, right? Your big- gest worries seem to melt away into how you’ll best spend this glorious sunny, warm and carefree time. Days at the beach result in extreme flip-flop tans. You forget what the inside of your home looks

like as you live outside now. At every turn there’s a party, a gathering — and every invite calls for you to remember your swimsuit. There’s a collective sigh heard ‘round town for open windows and barbecue menus. With that breezy sum- mer attitude in mind, we’ve gathered a few high points for the kids. From sand sculpture contests and free tennis to summer-inspired drinks to cool you down — heck, there’s even an ogre sighting just for the silly factor. It’s summer folks, and in terms of entertainment and activities, it’s on.

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It’s hard to head indoors on a sweet summer eve- ning, but a huge green ogre isn’t exactly something you see everyday. Building upon that excitement is that by purchasing a full-priced adult ticket, a child can see the show for free. It’s all happen- ing at DeVos Performance Hall in the big Shrek the Musical event just for kids. Children can see a Broadway show for free, meet Maranda from WOOD TV 8, enjoy a reading by one of the fairy tale creatures from the show (oh, please say it’s Gingy) who will recite their own fairytale story, and participate in many other great activities. The show runs from June 21 through June 26 and follows the swamp-dwelling ogre’s adventure with a donkey sidekick and feisty princess. Nicole King, director of marketing and public relations from Broadway Grand Rapids, delights in the fact that, “many of the kids get dressed up in the theme of the show and we have a photographer that gets great pictures of them with cast members.”


SCULPTURE CONTEST Grand Haven City Beach June 25, 9–9:45 a.m./registration; 10 a.m./start time to noon finish with judging to follow Free to spectators, registration fee depending on category from $10-$20, (616) 842-4910

Sand between your toes (and everyplace else) is the name of the game at the Grand Haven City Beach’s Sand Sculpture Contest. This annual event is hot on its beach location, teamwork, competition and silliness. Make memories and castles (fun fact: there is a special category just for castles) while en- joying a day with the family by the water. Typically, popular sculptures are related to pop culture or current events. “Last year, several sculptures were created revolving around the Gulf Oil Spill, World Cup and Asian Carp,” says Courtney Olson of the

Nothing screams summer like ice cream melting down your arm. Whether your sweet and ice-cold treat is in a bowl, on a stick or slurped through a straw, The Kalamazoo Public Library totally “gets it” and offers up an event that’s a quick hour of delicious instruction featuring cool strategies to beat the heat. Take one culinary expert Bryan Hageman and add equal amounts of refreshing creations of ice cream, sorbet, gelato and granitas with local summer fruits, and you’ve got a recipe for success. Speaking of recipes, Hageman will have some on hand so everyone has a chance to make goodies at home. Enjoy samples of the frozen treats in this show-and-tell program perfect for tweens and adult kids.

TENNIS ROCKS & KIDS RULE! Moran Park, 515 Maple Ave., Holland June 10, 2-4 p.m.

FREE!, (616) 355-1130 or (616) 355-1056

Tennis, anyone? The Holland Recreation Division is hosting a free tennis event for all area youth be- tween the ages of five and 12. Head to the courts at Moran Park and have some fun in the sun with participants learning the fundamentals of tennis, playing games, winning prizes, meeting new friends and enjoying food. “When kids experience success, when they hit the ball over the net, they think, ‘Hey, I can do this.’ It’s a shot of confidence,” says Lissa Gilmore, who is involved with the event. “It’s the first exposure to tennis for some kids, and it’s nice to put tennis rackets into the hands of kids who don’t have them.” Here’s a chance to get involved, stay active and enjoy time with pals—and this time, not on mom or dad’s dime! Racquets will be provided or you may bring your own. Rain date is June 11 at the same time. n


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